Canada's first stretched-fuselage Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules completed its debut flight on 3 March from the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia.

One of 17 locally-designated CC-130Js to have been ordered by Ottawa, aircraft 130601 is due for delivery in June, six months early, the Canadian air force says.

Canada's new tactical transports will be assigned to its 8 Wing at Trenton, Ontario. "Deliveries will be completed through 2012," says Lockheed.

 C-130J Canada - LM

C-130J Canada 2 - LM

Both images © Lockheed Martin

A total of 12 nations have so far taken delivery of or ordered the new-generation Hercules, which is intended to provide greater range, power and reliability than previous C-130 models.

Source: Flight International